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Arrested in Tiananmen Square…Twice (Updated)

John on August 7, 2008 at 8:49 am

Three American pro-lifers carried a sign through Tiananmen square Wednesday that read “Jesus Christ is King” in both English and Chinese. They were removed from the square by police. Today, they tried again:

As thousands of supporters packed the Great Wall of China waiting for the torch relay to arrive Patrick Mahoney, the director of the Washington DC-based Christian Defense Coalition, and Brinda Swindell and Michael McMonagle, both from Generation Life in Idaho, attempted to stage a news conference and prayer vigil outside the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall.

But they were forced off the square by plainclothes security officials who held up hands and umbrellas to prevent the incident from being filmed.

Mr Mahoney told a small crowd of foreign media: “We have come here today to speak out against the human rights abuses of the Chinese government. We have come here today to be a voice to those who are in prison because of their religious beliefs.”

They were detained for 45 minutes and then released. They plan to try again tomorrow. Were these Chinese citizens they’d be wisked away for a decade of life in the Chinese gulag. But since these are Americans, the Communist regime has no choice but to tolerate it. Kudos to the protesters. What they’re doing is quite courageous.

Update: Here’s video of today’s arrest.

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